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The Merry Frinks (1934)

An under-appreciated mother inherits a fortune and abandons her family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hattie 'Mom' Frink
Uncle Newt Frink
Joe 'Poppa' Frink
Emmett Frink
Helen Lowell ...
Amelia 'Grandma' Frink
Joan Wheeler ...
Lucille Frink
Norman Frink
Ramon Alvarez
Benny Lopez
Camille, Hattie's Maid
Mrs. Shinliver
Mr. J. Harold Brumby
Dr. Shinliver
James Bush ...
Oliver Gilfin
Charles Coleman ...
Witherspoon, Hattie's Butler


An under-appreciated mother inherits a fortune and abandons her family.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

26 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Happy Family  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Warner Brothers liked the combination of Guy Kibbee and Aline MacMahon (who were earlier teamed in "Gold Diggers of 1933") that they co-starred them in four more consecutive films -- "Big Hearted Herbert", "Babbitt" (both 1934), "While the Patient Slept" and "Mary Jane's Pa" (both 1935). See more »


Hattie 'Mom' Frink: If you lose this job, its curtains. There isn't another paper in town that will take you back, and I mean that Joe.
Joe 'Poppa' Frink: Yeah, well, maybe somebody will start a new paper!
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She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
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Even Aline can't save this one
16 March 2015 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Very peculiar Warners comedy, with a good Warners cast, that in a way presages "You Can't Take It With You," but doesn't nearly match it.It's similarly about a do-your-own-thing family in the Depression--dad's a sportswriter who drinks too much, one son (Allen Jenkins, unusually cast) a Communist-leaning lawyer, a daughter's dating a married man, little Frankie Darro is a would- be prizefighter. And Aline MacMahon, that Warners treasure, is the mom who tries to keep the family together and can't. You have to watch humiliation upon humiliation pile on this woman before you get to a late payoff, and it's painful. The comedy's just not very funny, and it strains credulity that these ingrates would suddenly see the errors of their ways. Helping are Guy Kibbee as a wastrel relative who turns out not to be a wastrel, and Louise Beavers as (forever) a maid. But it's a strained, uncomfortable piece, and it's not surprising that it's not remembered.

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